Sunday Best, BET’s Gospel singing competition show wrapped up its eighth and final season by bringing back the stars from the previous seasons and ending with a LIVE Finale that took place on Aug 30. TV Tech has been a part of the show since 2011, providing technical management services and technical support throughout each taping. The season finale was the first live finale and was extremely successful. TV Tech staffed & managed the technical positions of the show, managed equipment, vendors, and technically engineered the show for live broadcast. Altogether, working on Sunday Best over the last several years has been an awesome experience for the TV Tech Team, and the live finale was an exciting way for the series to come to a close.
Spring 2015 was a busy one for TV Tech Managers! From TIDAL events all over the country, to award shows like the BET and Peabody Awards, to massive network Upfronts, to corporate events in Chicago, Miami, Orlando (twice!), and Atlanta, the TV Tech crew successfully completed 32 shows from March 1 – July 1. Check out the posts below, starting with That Metal Show, to see a few of the highlights of what the TV Tech team has accomplished this Spring.
A unique project for TV Tech Managers this Spring that took us to Orlando, FL; Kissimmee, FL; and Atlanta, GA was a series of Deloitte corporate conferences. But instead of treating each one individually, TV Tech was hired by MJM Creative Services to approach the run of shows as a whole. TV Tech planned, prepped and packaged all the equipment needed for each show onto one truck that went from location to location. We also provided the core technical team that traveled to each location and worked together to handle all of the technical needs of each individual conference. With the hard work of everyone involved, the corporate tour model proved successful.
The Peabody Awards took place on May 31, 2015 at the upscale Cipriani Wall Street, a historic New York City landmark. Hosted by Fred Armisen, the Peabody’s honor leaders in media and journalism, and a wide array of talent spanning those industries were in attendance. During the pre-production process, TV Tech hired a technical crew whose skill set matched the unique needs of this specific production, sourced equipment from a variety of vendors, and played a big role in the technical design of the show. On-site, TV Tech managed the technical show crew who worked as a coherent unit to quickly problem solve and ensure that the 75th Annual Peabody Awards were a big success.
The NBCUniversal Upfront once again took place at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Like last year, TV Tech was responsible for hiring the technical team, negotiating and managing union labor, location management, budgeting, contracting vendors, technical show design, and on-site management. We also oversaw the structural and technical design of the after party space, which featured a performance by DJ Quest Love. However this year, instead of building an LED wall, TV Tech managed a massive projection screen project that took months of careful planning, and involved many different parties, including screens control, video, scenic, and fabric vendors, all of whom came together to execute the project successfully and create an immersive projection experience.
In March, TV Tech partnered with DPS to help launch Jay Z’s new acquisition of TIDAL, the high fidelity streaming platform. Since then, TV Tech has played a major role in multiple live streaming events all over the nation, from Los Angeles, to San Francisco, to Fargo, to Atlanta with many more exciting locations coming up. Each event has featured well-known performers from Jack White to Jason Aldean to Jay Z himself. TV Tech worked closely with All Mobile Video to strategize and technically produce every TIDAL live stream event since March, including managing both the live production as well as the transmission component. Additionally, by tapping into our nationwide connections we were also able to source and manage a local technical crew in each city. By utilizing AMV’s worldwide transmission services and our industry relationships and live streaming expertise, we have successfully been able to bring multiple live events each month to TIDAL’s state-of-the-art streaming platform.
That Metal Show kicked off in mid February and continues through the first week of May, and TV Tech Managers provides talented audio crew members to the TMS audio team. That Metal Show, “home of all things hard rock and heavy metal” is a music talk show that features 3 hosts who interview a variety of hard rock and heavy metal guests. Each episode also features a performance by a hard rock or heavy metal act. If you are a heavy metal fan or just a music fan in general, catch an episode on VH1 on Saturdays at 9pm ET.
Taking the Colbert Report’s time slot on Comedy Central, the highly anticipated late night comedy talk show the Nightly Show hosted by Larry Wilmore premiered on January 19, 2015. TV Tech Managers was excited to get the Nightly Show up and running by working with teams from both the Colbert Report and the Nightly Show to facilitate a seamless transition between the two. Additionally, TV Tech helped identify and fulfill the needs of the new production including coordinating logistics, vendors, and scheduling. Tune in Monday through Thursday nights at 11:30pm EST.
Photo Credit: The Nightly Show
At the same time as the People’s Choice Awards, TV Tech was also working across the country at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Here, we were tech managing the Lincoln Awards presented by the Friars Foundation. This was a two day event celebrating veterans and military families, and honoring those who provide support and opportunities to these groups. It featured a special award show on January 6th and an All-Star Concert on January 7th, with performances from big names across the entertainment industry. Be sure to tune in this spring, when the show is set for a prime time broadcast on PBS.
Photo Credit: Gavin DeGraw
The 41st Annual People’s Choice Awards took place at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA, marking the 5th year in a row that TV Tech Managers has tech managed the show. Technical components of the 11 camera production included: scenic elements including a massive LED wall, live concert performances by Iggy Azalea , Fall Out Boy, and Lady Antebellum, a live internet broadcast of the pre-show Red Carpet to the People’s Choice Awards website, and a televised broadcast of the show on CBS. All of this was made possible by an incredibly talented and hard working 75 person tech crew. It was an excellent way for us to kick off 2015.